A Botanical Ingredient is one that originates from plants (herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, leaves, bark or seeds). These are some of the superb naturally organic botanical ingredients you will find used throughout the range of ESENSi Botanical Skincare products.
Each Esensi product is formulated with its own key ingredient complex and laboratory tests have shown they consistently outperform other leading skincare brands. Using these simple yet potent natural ingredients means that Esensi Botanical Skincare products are truly organic, vegetarian, and suitable for all skin types.
Jojoba Golden oil (Buxus Chinensis)
One of the most widely used carrier oils, jojoba oil is extremely moisturizing and can help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, acne psoriasis and wrinkles. Native to the southern U.S. and Mexico, this oil has been used to treat acne, psoriasis, sunburn and chapped skin for generations. It’s also used to reduce balding because it encourages hair regrowth, soothes the skin and unclogs hair follicles.
When it comes to the chemical structure of jojoba oil, it’s unique in that it’s a polyunsaturated wax. As a wax, jojoba oil is especially useful for protecting the skin, providing moisture control, and soothing the skin and hair.
Aloe Vera Juice (Aloe Barbadensis)
Most people associate aloa vera benefits with healing sunburns, but did you know that aloe also contains bacteria-fighting, soothing ingredients that fight inflammation, redness and itching? For hundreds of years aloe has been used to treat skin diseases, infections and as a natural treatment for fungal diseases in traditional Chinese medicine.
Aloe vera is considered to be the most biologically active form of the Aloe barbadensis miller species and holds more than 75 potentially active ingredients including anti-inflammatories, vitamins, minerals, saccharides, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, lignin and salicylic acids. These are what gives aloe its signature anti-microbial and antifungal properties that make it a “photodynamic therapy” for healing skin.
AHA Fruit Extract (Alpha Hydroxy Acid)
Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, are natural acids derived from fruits such as oranges and lemons. In facial skincare products, the acids are often listed as glycolic acid, malic acid, triple fruit acid or lactic acid.
Alpha hydroxy acids act as chemical exfoliants, which help to loosen and get rid of the dead skin cells on your skin's surface. The acids are more effective than abrasive exfoliants, such as scrubs and cloths. Regular exfoliation helps keep your complexion naturally bright by preventing a buildup of dead skin cells that dull your skin. With regular daily use the AHA can help stimulate collagen synthesis and bring a youthful vitality and brightness to dull and lifeless skin.
Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)
Coconut oil is the oil extracted from the edible part of a coconut. It is comprised almost entirely of medium-chain fatty acids, which is what makes it so incredibly good for your skin.
One of the most versatile skin ingredients there is, coconut oils skin benefits include: strengthening underlying epidermal tissue, removing dead skin cells and protecting us from sunburn.
Lauric acid, the predominant medium-chain fatty acid found in coconut oil, has proven antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory benefits. Other chemical substances in coconut oil, including phytonutrients and polyphenols, act as antioxidants, and have other tissue-supportive and tissue-protective properties.
Studies show that these beneficial properties not only make coconut oil an incredible moisturizer, it also helps to reduce bacteria associated with acne, infections, and other skin conditions, and can improve wound healing by increasing collagen cross-linking.
Shea butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)
Raw shea butter is rich in Stearic Acid, Oleic Acid, Vitamin E and Vitamin A. It has been used as a natural skin care product in Africa for hundreds of years, where it is still largely cultivated and shipped around the world today.
It has excellent deep moisturizing properties and helps tissue cell regeneration and skin softening which helps to reduce wrinkles, stretch marks and scarring.
Avocado oil (Persea Gratissima)
An ultra-moisturizing fatty fruit, the benefits of avacado include containing vitamins A, D and E that are able to penetrate the skin. It helps soothe sunburned skin, can boost collagen production and treat age spots. It also works to reduce inflammation of the skin when applied topically and can do the same internally when eaten.
Not only is avocado oil extremely good at hydrating and softening your skin, is it also often recommended as an effective treatment for acne and blackheads, eczema and other forms of skin inflammation. It has even been reported a beneficial for diminishing age spots and smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.
Argan oil (Argania Spinosa)
Moroccans have been using Argan oil as a skin moisturiser and hair conditioner since ancient times. Phoenicians in as early as 1550 B.C. have recorded the use of Argan Oil by locals to heal and beautify their bodies.
Due to the extraordinary characteristics it is considered to be one of Morocco's miraculous resources and is known locally by the Berber people, as the Tree of Life because it helps make life possible for many creatures in the semi-arid desert of South Morocco.
Traditionally the oil was used as a protective agent in diseases of the liver and blood circulation, such as high chloesterol and arteriosclerosis. The essential Fatty acids help to prevent loss of moisture from the skin, and linings of the nose, lungs and digestive system, and brain.
Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis Leaf)
Research has established that topical application of green tea leaves or extracts have many benefits for skin, including anti-aging properties. The polyphenols in green tea possess potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties, and show significant promise for improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin.
If you’re looking for green tea in your personal care products it may be listed by its Latin name, cameillia sinesis. It is a gentle antioxidant that is among the most well researched and impressive in terms of its many benefits; however, it’s not the best or the only antioxidants to look for, so stick with products that contain several antioxidants.
Vitamin A (Retinol Palmitate)
Retinol products can help visibly diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, increase the appearance of firmness, improve uneven skin tone, smooth and refine the surface of skin, and help mitigate the effects of environmental stressors.
Also known as vitamin A, retinol is considered to be the most effective ingredient in anti-ageing skincare. It is named in multiple studies and vast consumer testimonials as a ‘must-have’ to boost collagen production and regain skin’s elasticity. Although it has proven records of strong efficacy on visible signs of skin ageing, it needs to be specially formulated to minimise skin irritation and is recommended during your night time anti-ageing routine.
Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil (Hippophae Rhamnoides)
The unique high fatty acid content of sea buckthorn oil and the wealth of nutrients it contains make it one of the most health-promoting herbal oils today. It's believed to have high antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties that help promote total body wellness.
Sea buckthorn seed oil helps reduce many issues with skin. The oil can be applied directly to the skin for preventing sunburn and healing wounds. Sea buckthorn oil may also be beneficial for rosacea, a chronic inflammatory condition that causes small red bumps on the face. It can be used to reduce the negative results of, and maybe even prevent, acne, dermatitis, dry skin, eczema, skin ulcers and stretch marks.
Seaweed Extract (Fucus Vesiculosis)
Seaweed Extract is filled with active ingredients, such as radical fighting phlorotannin antioxidants, bioactive polysaccharides, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. he extract fights damaging free radicals and skin aging, reduces inflammation, helps to improve skin elasticity and provides hydration to the skin.
It contains many proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals that the skin can easily absorb. Because of this, the nutrients are able to enter the skin more easily, providing faster and more noticeable results. This makes seaweed extract an excellent ingredient for creams that hydrate your skin, making it firmer.
Another common problem that seaweed can help with is acne. That is because in addition to the antioxidants, seaweed also has antibacterial properties and these are key for fighting acne. Seaweed extract is able to draw out any impurities or toxins in your skin as well as help control the oil levels of your face. Both are essential to keeping you acne free. Seaweed also has a large amount of anti-inflammatory properties which reduces acne inflammation.
Apple Extract (Pyrus Malus)
Apple is an extremely healthy fruit that is as good for your face as it is for your body. Apple is a natural astringent that can help large pores appear smaller for oily skin types. It is also rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids that help to gently exfoliate your skin and break up the proteins that hold skin cells together.
Apple extracts and essences are used in skin care for their rich nutritional profiles. It is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and natural acids and also high in polyphenols and catechins like those found in green tea.
Apple has many skin care benefits for oily, acneic, dull and aging skin.
.Melon Extract (Cucumis Melo)
One of the amazing benefits of melon is that it contains collagen which maintains the integrity of the cell structure in all connective tissues including skin. It also speeds up wound healing and maintains skin firmness. Regular consumption of melon is beneficial for those who have rough and dry skin.
Melons can tone your skin and provide anti-ageing benefits due to the presence of vitamins A, B and C. They have good moisturizing and energizing properties and are packed with health benefiting nutrients comprising of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis)
Evening Primrose Oil has been found to have many benefits, including:
- It can rejuvenate tired and aging skin.
- It can make tired eyes look fresher by rubbing a little under and around your eyes.
- It can be rubbed into your skin to remove redness and minor blemishes.
- It can help dry skin to feel more supple and younger.
- It can be massaged into dry skin to make it smoother and silkier.
- It can be used to reduce and remove fine wrinkles.
- It can be rubbed into your skin to help you feel rejuvenated and younger.
Evening Primrose Oil will moisturise and plump up your skin, and skin care creams that include it as a natural ingredient can help wound healing in addition to making it look and feel younger.
Arnica Oil (Arnica Montana)
Topical application of arnica oil is common for inflammatory conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, rocacea and even acne. The monounsaturated fats found in this oil, along with thymohydroquinone are able to soothe inflammation on the skin, when used in moderate amounts. The antioxidant elements of this oil can also help lower oxidative stress and prevent signs of aging, such as wrinkles and blemishes.
Passionfruit Extract (Passiflora Edulcis)
Passionfruit oil is full of nutrients that are good for skin. Among these are vitamins A and C, essential fatty acids, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and carotenoids. When all these goodies work together, here’s what you get:
- Protection: Passionfruit helps protect against environmental stressors.
- Anti-aging: Because of the high vitamin C and antioxidant content, passionfruit oil helps keep skin looking firm and youthful.
- Rejuvenating: Passionfruit oil is a great source of vitamin A in the form of carotenoids, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Plumping: A high content of fatty acids like linoleic and oleic acids keep your skin smooth and plump looking while helping reduce the appearance of fine lines.
- Hydrating: This oil is light and non-greasy, and the skin drinks it up quickly. It’s the perfect moisturiser for all skin types, and works well for oily skin as well because of its non-clogging moisturising action.
Calendula Oil (Calendula Officinalis)
Calendula is beneficial for dry or damaged skin and also promotes the fast healing and regeneration of the skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Calendula oil has natural restorative properties that infuse the skin with a youthful glow. It is also used to protect the skin from premature aging and thinning of the skin.
Calendula is safe enough to be used on the delicate skin under the eyes to help prevent crow's feet.
Lavender Essential Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Lavender essential oil is the most used essential oil in the world today, but the benefits of lavender were actually discovered over 2,500 years ago. Because of its powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, calming and antidepressive properties, lavender oil benefits abound and it’s been used both cosmetically and therapeutically for centuries. Lavender offers an incredible number of uses. So many in fact, that if you had to choose just one essential oil, this would have to be it.
One of the wonderful benefits of lavender essential oil is its antibacterial activity. Because lavender oil can penetrate pores to kill bacteria, it may go far in preventing and healing breakouts.
Lavender essential oil is anti-inflammatory. It can thus help to reduce redness, blotching and ruddiness of the skin, helping to restore your bright, natural skin tone. When used regularly, this oil may also help to reduce dark age spots and other types of skin discolourations.
Frankincense Oil (Boswellia Carteri)
As a Cytophylactic, Frankincense Oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. When you combine this aspect of frankincense oil with its powerful astringent capabilities, you have a potent anti-aging quality that Frankincense Oil is often used for.
It can help you to eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing old or dying cells with new, healthy ones. When applied topically, it can make the scars and after marks of acne fade at a much faster rate as well as fading stretch marks and surgery marks.
Geranium Oil (Pelargonium Graveolens)
Used by the Egyptians for promoting beautiful and radiant skin, Geranium Oil is now used to treat acne, reduce inflammation, alleviate anxiety and balance hormones.
Geranium oil has anti-inflammatory, cicatrisant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which is why it was used in ancient herbal remedies for treating wounds, cuts and injuries. In addition to healing scrapes and scratches, these properties are exactly why geranium essential oil can help beautify the skin. Some studies now suggest geranium oil may even be powerful enough to get rid of clogged pores, remove excess oil and heal inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.
Olive Oil (Olea Europaea)
Olive Oil has both detoxifying and anti-ageing benefits. It blocks and fights free radicals, helping to reduce the look of fine lines and keep skin youthful.
Rich in glycolipids and phytosterols, Olive Oil has the highest compatibility with our own skin as the chemical composition is very similar. It spreads and lubricates exceptionally well and leaves a non-oily soft, rich feel on the skin as it deeply hydrates.
Rich in both natural Vitamin E and Vitamin K, Olive Oil helps to replenish moisture loss resulting in restored flexibility and suppleness. It also assists in UV ray protection, and neutralises the oxidant effect of free radicals that damage collagen and cause skin dryness and wrinkles. It helps rejuvenate cells, improves the look of scars and soothes damaged skin.
.Goji Berry Extract (Lycium Barbarum)
The most exciting benefit from goji berries is its anti-aging potential. Here are some of the reasons why scientists have found this fruit to be important for maintaining healthy, youthful skin:
- Minerals: Goji berries contain 11 of the 22 essential dietary trace minerals, including calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and selenium. Though each have different actions, they all can help firm, tighten and plump the appearance of your skin.
- Amino Acids: Amino acids, at their essence can help smooth the look of your skin, and improve tone and colour. They also help improve skin hydration. Best of all, they're non-irritating.
- Vitamin C: Goji berries contain a high amount of vitamin C, which is known to support firming and tightening and protect the skin from environmental stressors. It's also been shown to help reduce the appearance of age spots.
- Carotenoids: These are flavonoids like beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, crytoxanthin, and xanthophyll. These protect and are known to help maintain a healthy glow in the skin.
- Polysaccharides: These components have antioxidant properties, firm and tighten and increase hydration.
Add all these properties together and you have a powerful anti-aging ingredient that works on a number of different levels. This is a great example of why we like using natural ingredients. Most synthetic and chemical ingredients provide one or two benefits at most. Natural ingredients, on the other hand, deliver several benefits all at once, and because they're presented in their natural form, tend to work better with the body's own systems so you see faster and longer-lasting results.
Acai Berry Extract (Euterpe Oleracea)
Acai is packed with benefits for the skin. They are naturally high in essential fatty acids like Omega 6 and 9 and have a fatty acid profile similar to olive oil which helps to maintain glowing skin (and a healthy heart). When eaten or applied topically in skin care products, acai can help reduce the signs of ageing with their extremely high levels of antioxidants to fight free radical damage. In fact, it is one of the highest plant sources of antioxidants, with one berry holding ten times the amount of antioxidants as grapes.